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Tibetan protesters to demonstrate in Delhi
April 08, 2008 17:29 IST
Scores of Tibetans, intending to march to Lhasa to draw the attention of the international community on the Tibetan issue, on Tuesday reached the outskirts of Delhi.
About 200 activists, including a large number of monks, reached Hirajpur on the outskirts of Delhi on Tuesday morning and will enter the city on Wednesday.
"This is a non-violent march to raise the consciousness of the international community about the Tibetan issue. It is to reclaim our rights in our homeland," rally leader Tenzin Tsundue told PTI.
The rally, which began from Dharamsala on March 10, had run into rough weather initially when about 100 activists were arrested and kept in custody for 14 days for defying the Centre's directive and heading towards the borders.
Terming the days of arrest as the most "frustrating" moments in his life, Tsundue said he "could not raise his voice for his homeland" during the Chinese crackdown on protests in Lhasa.
"I was kept in jail for 14 days. It was the most difficult phase of my life. My country was burning and I could not raise my voice for my country when it was needed," he said.
Asked about the future course of the rally, he said the protesters will stay in Delhi temporarily.